SuperBeam for local sharing

SuperBeam is the best way to send a large file when you’re in the same place with the recipient of the file. This app uses -Fi Direct, as do several others. However, it’s far away the best implementation of the technology on Android. Both you the recipient will need to have SuperBeam installed, but the basic ad-supported version is free. You can initiate a file transfer using NFC or a QR code. Simply use the Android sharing menu to select SuperBeam hold the phones together (or let the recipient scan the QR code with the SuperBeam app). If you’re both on the same network, the file will go over the local Fi, if not, SuperBeam creates an ad-hoc connection (i.e. -Fi Direct) shoots the file over. It’s incredibly fast in either case. The files are sent directly without stopping off in the cloud, so it’s more secure than many alternatives. You can do all of this with the free version, but if you want to remove the ads or access advanced features like custom saving locations, you’ll need the $1.50 pro upgrade.

shbullet for remote sharing with frequent contacts

shbullet is great for a lot of things, but pushing files is still part of the feature set. It’s a really hy way to share big files with people no matter where they are. You both need to set up shbullet, but after that it’s the most painless way to send a big file. You can access shbullet from the system sharing menu in any app, or open up shbullet itself create a new push to one of your contacts. It behaves a little like a messaging app in that respect. The recipient of the file will be notified when it’s available for download, it shows up in their “conversation” with you in shbullet. However, they don’t have to download it right away. The only caveat with shbullet is that to send files over 25MB, you need a paid pro account for $40 per year. That boosts the limit to 1GB. The person receiving the file doesn’t need the paid version, though.

Infinit to share with multiple recipients

You don’t always have the luxury to make someone download set up a new app in order to send them a file, that’s when Infinit comes in hy. It only takes a few taps to select a file send it to anyone you like via email or SMS. There’s also no file size limit, which sounds like something you should put to the test, right? Files sent via Infinite are uploaded to the cloud, but they’re automatically encrypted while stored. l the recipient needs to do is click on the link download the file. No extra software is necessary all files will be available for a week. The only potential hiccup in the process is that you need an Infinite account to use the app. The person receiving the file doesn’t, though.

Drive for long term sharing

If you need to make a large file available to multiple people over more than a week, you can just fire up Drive. Everyone gets 15GB of free space, additional storage is cheap. This process takes a few more steps, but neither you nor the recipients need to download new apps. First, find the file you want to send use the share menu to send it to Drive. You’ll get to pick the folder, so make a note of where you send it. You can let the upload happen in the background, then open the Drive app go to the info panel for the file. Tap “Share link” you have the option of sending the link via any messaging app on your phone or simply copying it to the clipboard. If you want to stop sharing the file at any time, just head back to the info panel scroll down to the “o has access” header. Turn nk Sharing off the link will go dead. ternatively, just delete it. It’s probably a good idea to get these apps ready to go just in case. That should keep you pretty well covered no matter what sort of file sharing emergency comes up.